What a time. The world is changing before our very eyes. So much global uncertainty, so many people are bunkering down and becoming isolated. So it’s become even more important to stay connected.
Now more than ever we have the wonderful gift of being able to connect with people all over the world through our words. And to virtually travel. So, in the spirit of friendship and reminiscing, I’m going to conclude the final day of our Grampians and Great Ocean Road tour.
It’s hard to believe it was only a month ago. So much has changed in that time. It reminds me how important it is to cherish every moment.
So, back we go. It’s Sunday morning, 16th February, and time to leave Kennett River … and it’s time to say goodbye to the ‘Koala Convention’ at camp.
From Kennett River the Great Ocean Road continues to wind its way around the wild and windswept Southern Ocean. No matter how many times I drive it I’m always in awe at the sight of the cliffs and spectacular ocean views that hug every corner.
To think this road was constructed by hand, by service men who returned from the First World War shows the strength and tenacity of the human spirit.
We passed through bustling Lorne and, with the van in tow, pulled over out of town near the George River. It was here we started our steep walk to Teddys lookout. At the top, about 45 minutes later, we realised we could have driven virtually the whole way there, with room for parking at the top.
Oh well, where’s the fun in that.
The traffic on the track was minimal! We spotted a koala, but by this stage we’d seen so many in Kennett River, the sleepy fella barely rated a pic.
We passed a small group of walkers. They told us they’d been holidaying in Apollo Bay for three weeks and hadn’t seen the sun in all that time. Perpetual greyness. How bizzare.
Up at the top, even through grey skies, the views were beautiful.
At the final lookout we could see all the way down to the winding Great Ocean Road and the views of the surf breaking into the mouth of the Saint George River. We could see our car and van … a mere speck.
Yep, that’s our rig!
Coming back down was much easier but that’s often the way isn’t it.
The Great Ocean Road officially begins (or in our case ends) at the Arch which spans the road near Eastern View. This arch was erected to commemorate the returned servicemen from World War 1 who built the Great Ocean Road from 1918 to 1932.
To be a lighthouse, you must be strong enough to resist every kind of storm, to every kind of loneliness and you must have a powerful light inside you!
As we got closer to Melbourne the clouds lifted and finally the sunshine returned. Hooray!
We detoured to Bells Beach, home of Australia’s biggest waves but it looked as though the waves weren’t in sync today.
Three surfers were in the water, trying valiantly to catch a wave. A dog stood waiting for his master. Can you see him?
So that was it. We were home by 6pm and our tour was officially over. The next day Catherine and David left to continue their Australian adventure in Cairns. I feel so grateful to have spent this time with them, sharing my small part of the world.
And now, as I write this, a month later, I reflect on life as we adjust to a new routine and reality.
Whilst the circumstances outside of us are changing daily and we feel a loss of control, there’s a lot we can do to stay calm and connected in our own life.
“The more ‘now’ you can stay, the more your vibration lifts above the hysteria and you move away from fear.”
When you stay away from fear and stay in the present moment, you make decisions from this moment. “What do I need to do now?” You can’t control the future, but you can trust that when the future happens, you’ll know what to do …
You can feel the difference between when you’re driven by fear and when you’re driven by purposeful clarity.“
As crazy as it sounds, tune into gratitude, for even the smallest things. Take it one day at a time and find that loving compassion within that will help you through.
“Can we stay in peace when things seem to be shifting or falling down around you. That’s the test of a master”.
These are testing times but in time this too will pass.
And we can all become the master of our own ship.
So the journey continues.
In light and love ✨🙏
“The sea, the great unifier, is man’s only hope. Now as never before the old phrase has a literal meaning: we are all in the same boat.” Jacques Yves Costeau
“Sometimes in the waves of change we find our true direction.”
Let’s make sure our boat is leak free, calm and we stay connected.
Special thanks go to fellow blogger Sue from Dreamwalker Sanctuary who shared this Link on The Virus of Fear.. From Jonette Crowley, Centre For Creative Consciousness, where some of the extracts from this post are taken. The full post is well worth a read.